French Open: Alcaraz wins in four sets – Tsitsipas continues too

Status: 05/31/2023 7:25 p.m

Top favorite Carlos Alcaraz has advanced to the third round of the French Open. Tsitsipas, fifth in the world rankings, also won his second round match. For Stan Wawrinka, on the other hand, the French Open is over.

Top favorite Carlos Alcaraz only stumbled briefly on his way to the third round of the French Open. In a duel with the Japanese Taro Daniel, the world number one surprisingly lost a set, but ultimately won 6:1, 3:6, 6:1, 6:2. In gusty winds, both showed some spectacular rallies on the Philipp-Chartrier court. World number one Alcaraz was unimpressed by the loss of the first set in the tournament and continued on his way to the second Grand Slam title he was aiming for after the US Open in 2022.

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“Taro is playing very well this year, it was really difficult for me – also because of the wind,” said US Open winner Alcaraz, who is aiming for his second Grand Slam title in Roland Garros in the absence of clay court king and compatriot Rafael Nadal: “It’s great to play here in Paris. I feel the support of the fans.”

Next up for the Spaniard is 26th seed Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

Tsitsipas further, Wawrinka out

Fifth in the world rankings Stefanos Tsitsipas also easily went one round. The Greek made short work of the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena at 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 2 in the morning. After 2:16 hours, Tsitsipas converted his first match point and now meets Argentinian Diego Schwartzman.

Stan Wawrinka (38) is no longer in the running for his second Paris title after 2015 after more than four and a half hours of spectacular fighting. The old Swiss champion lost in the witches’ cauldron “Simonne Mathieu” 6: 3, 5: 7, 3: 6, 7: 6 (7: 4), 3: 6 against the Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. Towards the end, Wawrinka, who was passionately supported by the ranks and had already gone the full distance in the first lap, lost his strength a bit.

Djokovic in the evening against Fucsovics

Grand Slam record winner and co-favorite Novak Djokovic from Serbia is challenged in the night session against Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics on Wednesday.